Arsenal and United linked Spain international reveals hope for future

Javi Martinez has confirmed that he doesn't want to leave Bayern Munich - but to stay as long as possible.

Bayern Munich wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time this term, but a devastating Champions League semi-final exit to Real Madrid certainly soured the occasion.

Failure to defend their European crown led to questioning of the revered Pep Guardiola’s methods, the Spaniard unable to equal last season’s treble success under Jupp Heynckes.

One man that appeared critical of the former Barcelona boss of late is a member of his own squad - Javi Martinez.

“I don’t have as much freedom on the field anymore,” he said last week. “I don’t get forward as often and my game is a little more static.

“The coach believes I can play in any of the central positions and I’ll play where I’m needed.”

The 25-year-old has found asserting his place at the Allianz Arena difficult with Guardiola at the helm, limited to just 14 league starts and shuttled between defence and midfield.

And his words lent the idea that he could be angling for a summer exit from the German champions in search of more consistent minutes.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Martinez once more as Arsene Wenger is a longtime admirer of his, whilst one-time suitors Manchester United have also been named again.

If the Premier League pair genuinely do have plans of swooping for the Spain international, however, they may now want to put them on hold.

Speaking with Sport Bild, Martinez has clarified his position - saying that he’s happy to stay at Bayern as long as the club will have him.

“If Bayern still count on me then I will be happy. I’d happily stay here.

“I’m fine in the city, with the club and with my team-mates. I hope to continue here for many years, and hope to have better luck next season.”

Without Martinez looking for a move, Arsenal or United would be hard pressed to pry him away from the Bundesliga giants.

And based on his most recent statement, the ex-Athletic Bilbao man won’t be looking for a way out of Munich in the coming months.

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